There’s nothing more attractive than a bright white smile. So it’s no wonder that nearly 13% of U.S. households used teeth whitening products last year. But even a professional whitening treatment can be difficult to maintain. Daily consumption of our favorite caffeinated beverages (or other vices) can stain teeth quickly. Make your whitening treatment last longer with these 3 easy steps.
1. Avoid Staining Agents
The brilliant white you get from a professional whitening by a dentist is due in part to a slight dehydration of your teeth. The catch is that dehydrated teeth act like a sponge, so you may notice a recurrence of the previous, darker color if you aren’t careful. For the first week after your treatment, you should steer clear of foods and beverages that are prone to stain, including coffee, tea, chocolate, or even blueberries or blackberries. You also should avoid smoking during this time, as the tar and nicotine are especially prone to marr newly whitened teeth.
2. Practice Good Hygiene
While it’s always important to practice good oral hygiene, it’s especially important immediately after a teeth whitening. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing helps prevent buildup of stains, plaque, and bacteria which can cause deep stains — as well as tooth decay — when left untouched.
3. Continue Whitening Treatment
Think of whitening your teeth like working out: It’s better to do a little bit frequently than a lot only every so often. You can purchase professional-quality at-home whitening trays from your dentist as part of your professional whitening package. Most patients find that continuing this treatment once or twice a week is sufficient to maintain the effects of their in-office whitening treatment.
Want the perfect white smile? Our team of cosmetic dentists at Imagine Dental would love to help. Give us a call at 602-595-3600 to book your appointment.